From Foxholes and Flight Decks: Letters Home from World War II

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Overview

History comes alive in this beautifully produced four-color scrapbook of World War II letters and other documents. Readers will be able to hold in their hands and read 20 authentic letters written by soldiers to their loved ones waiting in America. Covering the war from Pearl Harbor to V-E and V-J Days, the book chronicles American involvement overseas and at home. The correspondence includes:
  • A worm's-eye view of Basic training
  • A love letter to a fiancĂ©e left back home
  • A WAC's perspective of the North African front
  • The dreaded Western Union telegram that announces a son has been wounded or killed overseas
  • A jubilant letter recording first impressions of the Japanese surrender From Foxholes and Flight Decks is a book not just to read, but to experience.
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This slim volume marks the latest advance in what might seem like an escalating battle among war correspondence collections. While recent histories have included facsimile epistles and other reproductions, this gathering of 20 letters, telegrams and official notifications-which readers can slide from pockets in the pages and unfold in their hands-ups the ante considerably within the genre. Beginning with a typewritten note from a young marine, Lieutenant Robert E. Smithwick, who enlisted in the patriotic surge that followed Pearl Harbor, Gragg lightly traces the developments of the war, with the letters adding color and heartbreaking detail. "Have I ever known any thing else but this constant weariness and surge of conflicting emotion?" soldier Walter Commander writes his wife. "Never before have I had so much need of you." A note inside the letter's pocket reveals that, not long after he wrote his tortured missive, Commander was killed in action. Though it can be hard to decipher some of handwriting, the heightened participatory effect is worth it. From longing epistles to sweethearts to a commanding officer's account of the last moments of a soldier's life, and from a horrifying description of the Dachau concentration camp to jubilant notes of victory, this is a compilation that brings a far away war very close to home. Color illus. throughout. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780312287153
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 9.74 (w) x 7.42 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Rod Gragg is the author of nine books on military history. He is also the producer of "War Memories-Remembering the Second World War," which aired regionally for ten years on South Carolina's award-winning PBS affiliate. He is the son of a World War II veteran.

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